A Clever Retractable Bamboo Yurt

Under the guidance of the German master-builder Jörg Stamm, folks at Bamboo U, a build and design course in Bali, have created a bamboo yurt which can fold like an umbrella and be deployed in an instant. The yurt’s frame is made from bamboo of the Phyllostachys species, referred to in Bali as Bambu Jajang. It has an average diameter of 5 centimeters and 8 meters of usable length.

It was pre-assembled on the ground using a metal jig. By increasing the spacing between each intersection, the structure’s partition was given a slight inclination, creating a beautiful profile.

Triangulation is introduced through a recycled bicycle wheel at the top of a reciprocal hyperbolic roof, and a rope interlaced at the junction of the partition and the roof. The entire frame opens freely until the rope reaches a tensile state. Variations of its length allow for adaptation of the yurt’s profile.

The structure is both light and economical. Once retracted, it easily fits into a shipping container. While the range of practical applications of such modular structures is endless, so are the opportunities that bamboo’s versatility offers us.

Join Bamboo U to learn how to design and build with this extraordinary sustainable material. Bamboo U Build & Design courses are immersive educational experiences in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. The program provides students with a foundation in bamboo construction to inform their work as designers, architects, engineers, developers, entrepreneurs, and environmental advocates.

You can watch this video about the yurt at www.youtube.com

You can read the original article at www.archdaily.com

5 thoughts on “A Clever Retractable Bamboo Yurt”

  1. Found this doing a bit more search

    Pop-Up Yurts

    The ultimate lightweight travelling Yurt with an all-in-one frame constructed from Bamboo. The ingenious Pop-Up Yurt frame works best with smaller sized Yurts and is a great option for hassle-free Yurt camping.


    All-in-one frame

    The Hearthworks Pop-Up Yurt is a truly unique and ingenious all-in-one frame design that enables a full size Yurt to be set up in a matter of minutes rather than hours. Ideal weekend Yurts for family camping, guest bedrooms, outdoor events, or for anyone who wants to save time and add the next level of convenience to Yurt living.
    Patented UK design

    The Pop Up Yurt is the brainchild of the Dorset based inventor and Yurt maker Mike Jessop, who still makes our Pop Up frames. Easily and quickly erected this UK patented design really is the ultimate camping Yurt.
    Handcrafted and Lightweight

    Lightweight enough to fit in the back of an estate car, the frames are made of finest quality bamboo, with a steamed ash ring. Solid wood framed Pop Up Yurts can be made to order, however the Bamboo Pop Up Yurt gives the design its peak performance in terms of portability and usability. Bamboo is an incredibly strong, flexible and sustainable material.


    do they happen to mention anywhere of how to cover it? what materials they use for the skins?

    • I didn’t notice mention of this, but I assume it could be covered with most conventional materials that are used with yurts, from matted wool to canvas to synthetics. I actually didn’t see a door in the frame either, so this may just be a conceptual model.

      • Now that you mention not seeing a door, i noticed that, too. Perhaps this is as you say, a conceptual model.

        IT’s pretty darn cool. and very inspirational.


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